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The constant quest for innovation requires food technologists to be up-to-date with research. From hydrocolloids to oils and fats, flavours to flour what works well in which formulations, how does production method affect performance, and what are the sensory effects?

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Benecol arrives in the Philippines

Raisio’s Benecol partner, Kalbe International, has launched Benecol smoothies on the Philippine market. 

Australian complementary healthcare body slams NZ vitamin D findings

A meta-analysis that found that vitamin D supplements have no beneficial effect on bone density has drawn intense criticism from Australian experts, who say the study’s conclusions could have “dire...

'China’s changing goalposts will cause multinational supplement drain'

The Chinese Food and Drug Administration is steering the dietary supplement industry towards a more restrictive environment by putting an end to importing such products as food.

Japanese supplier markets immune ingredient consisting of dead gut bacterial cells

A new Japanese product is capitalizing on recent research that shows that the dead cells of probiotic organisms can be effective in stimulating the immune system.  The company, House Wellness...

New deal will bring herring caviar omega 3 to Malaysia for first time

Omega 3 from herring caviar will find a new market in Southeast Asia following a deal inked last week between Norway’s Arctic Nutrition and Holista Colltech of Malaysia that will...

A masterstroke? Pepsi-flavored Cheetos could spell innovative salt reduction

Frito-Lay’s limited edition Pepsi-flavored Cheetos in Japan aren’t anything ground-breaking, but the new taste profile could be used as a platform to reduce salt levels, an innovation expert says....

News in brief

Barentz 'moving with customers' to Apac through new Manilla office

Having an office in the Philippines is a “logical step”, according to Barentz after the ingredients company opened the doors to its new Manilla base last weekend.

Case study

Malaysian Biotropics capitalises on US market opened up by TV doctor

Malaysian tongkat ali supplier Biotropics has found significant growth in the United States on the back of some savvy media marketing through celebrity health shows.

Interview

'Long and tortured' Asean harmonisation process making steady progress

This time last year, the Southeast Asian nations of Asean set out to create the single largest regulatory framework for dietary supplements in the world. We spoke to Dato' Dr...

Botanicals

Monteloeder launches drinkable skin protection ingredient

A new variant of Monteloeder’s NutroxSun cosmeceutical product has been launched and claims to protect the skin from the sun when taken in liquid form. 

News in brief

Wilmar honoured for omega-3 cooking oil

Asian agribusiness major Wilmar has received the first Vitafoods Asia Nutrition Innovation Award at a ceremony in Hong Kong in recognition of its efforts to address the health issues of Chinese...

Special report

Double-digit nutraceutical growth highlights India’s economy of scale

Indian nutraceutical companies have been watching a nascent industry mature over the last couple of years, and now recently released figures have backed up the boom.

False alarm is good news, but false positive must be investigated

The news that there was no botulism risk from Fonterra’s batches of whey will come as a huge relief to the company and consumers around world, according to New Zealand...

Fonterra latest

Botulism scare was a false alarm, reveals NZ ministry

New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries have confirmed the scare surrounding contaminated whey protein concentrate supplied by dairy giant Fonterra was a false alarm. 

FDA clearly ramping up scrutiny of Indian pharma businesses

With two more warning letters sent by the US drug regulator to Indian companies for violation of acceptable manufacturing practices, America has brought to six the number of India-based drugmaking...

One-third of Chinese faced with excess aluminium consumption

Alum-based baking ingredients are to blame for almost one-third of Chinese people consuming quantities of aluminium above the recommended maximum safe level in their diets, according to new research.

UK busts more contaminated Chinese herbal medicines; ‘We are fed up’ says industry

The UK has issued yet another contamination warning against Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCMs) claiming to treat conditions like menstrual pain and hair loss – leaving the local industry exasperated at...

Australian scientists serve cyclists healthier ‘hydrating’ beer

Australian scientists have created a healthier more hydrating beer by adding electrolytes and lowering the alcohol content to reduce the dangers of drinking.

Interview: Prof Suhaila Mohamed, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Malaysia’s herbal leadership the result of government support

Government financing and promotion of herbal ingredients research has helped Malaysia to become one of the world leaders in the field, according to one of the country’s pre-eminent researchers.

Fonterra NZ Milk Products MD resigns in midst of botulism scare

Fonterra NZ Milk Products boss, Gary Romano, has resigned “with immediate effect” less than two weeks after news broke that 38 tonnes of whey protein concentrate (WPC) manufactured by the company could...

News in brief

Melinjo Resveratrol launching in markets outside Japan

Japanese nutrient ingredients company Hosoda will now sell its Melinjo Resveratrol line internationally. The product, which is produced at Hosoda’s new extraction plant in Java, has been available on the...

Contamination crisis

Spierings claims Chinese ‘appreciated’ Fonterra's response to crisis

The tone of Theo Spierings, chief executive of Fonterra, changed from mea culpa earlier in the week to defiance last night as he assured New Zealanders that Chinese authorities and...

Contamination crisis

Crisis will harm New Zealand more than Fonterra

With Fonterra’s contamination crisis unlikely to die down soon, the fall-out in China is likely to have more of a lingering impact on New Zealand’s continuing trade with the country...

Contamination crisis

In pics: Questions asked about Fonterra's C. botulinum crisis timeline

As Fonterra battles for its reputation in countries that have received batches of its whey protein concentrate contaminated with the C. botulinum bacterium, it is also facing a fight on...

Mystery Indian firm to supply chewing gum cooling agent WS-23

An unnamed Indian company will soon rival a string of Chinese firms by supplying WS-23, a cooling agent that minimizes the bitterness of menthol in gum, according to the firm’s...

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